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We tried eating plant-based for a day and this is how it went…

In the last few years, more people have become increasingly intrigued by plant-based alternatives and have tried switching up their everyday meals to try more vegan options. Now more than ever, switching to a diet that’s more heavily influenced by plant-based meals is becoming easier. Large food companies and major restaurant chains have all helped to make veganism a lot more accessible to your everyday customers, gradually influencing more people to ditch their usual eating habits and get a taste of anything plant-based. 

In today’s blog, we’re inspiring you to add more plant-based alternatives to your diet by chatting to some of our exante team who gave up all things meat, fish and dairy right in time for Veganuary 2022. Thinking about taking a step towards a plant-based diet? Take a look through our blog to find out the benefits, tips and tricks and, of course, our go-to plant-based favourites. 

But first, are you interested to hear what Veganuary is all about?  

We’ve done the research, so you don’t have to! It’s no secret that vegans are seen as super health-conscious because of their diet, but are there actually any proven benefits to going plant-based? Check out what Dr Sara Ryding says:  

  • Metabolism benefits: Some studies have shown a link between veganism and an increased metabolism.  
  • Cardiovascular improvement: Thanks to the diet of grains, pulses and veggies, research has shown link between veganism and a decreased risk of heart disease.  
  • Cognitive benefits: Some studies on specific nutrients from the vegan diet have shown an improvement in cognitive health.  

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If you want to find out more about all things veganism, you can read the full article here 

Now, let’s find out what our exante staff love about going plant-based… 

Why did you want to try out a plant-based diet?

“Switching to a more flexible diet with more plant-based options is definitely the hot topic of the moment. I’d been wanting to try out a more vegan-influenced diet for a while, so the beginning of a fresh new year and, of course, the start of ‘Veganuary’ seemed like the perfect place to start! 

Have you noticed any benefits since going plant-based?

“So, I’ve only been introducing more plant-based products to my diet for about a month now, but the biggest change I’ve noticed so far is in my relationship with food. Having to think a lot more carefully about what food I’m eating as well as whether I’m getting enough protein or vitamins has given me a lot more control over my everyday diet.  

Even though I’m not going plant-based to lose weight, I tend to incorporate around two exante products a day to make sure I’m getting all the daily vitamins I need and to keep my protein intake up.” 

What are some of the plant-based exante products that you can’t live without?

“Oooo that’s a tricky one! There are so many. I’ve got to say I love the vegan-friendly Breakfast Pouches that exante just brought out. It can be tricky to have a tasty plant-based brekky, especially now that I don’t eat eggs. My favourite has got to be the Chocolate Pancake & Waffle Mix– I always start my weekend with waffles now!” 

Check out some of our other tasty plant-based treats below! 

What would be your advice for anyone wanting to try a plant-based diet? 

“I’d always say, don’t be too hard on yourself. The transition from eating meat to veganism can certainly be a difficult one, remember to take baby steps- it’s okay if you make a mistake! Instead of going cold turkey on all your animal products, try gradually eating more plant-based foods. Starting out with things like Meat Free Mondays or just swapping out one meal a day can be a great way to slowly shift your eating habits. 

Plant-based exante products are a great way to start introducing more vegan food into your diet. I’d recommend swapping out your usual breakfast for an exante shake, or Breakfast Pouch, perfect for dipping your toes into veganism without the commitment!” 

Check out some of exante’s best plant-based products and find out our top tips for getting familiar with veganism 

Introducing exante's Plant-Based Shakes...

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Introducing exante's Plant-Based Shakes...

2021-01-29 08:30:39By Megan Edwards

Feeling inspired? So are we! We were so motivated to try a vegan diet after listening to the advice of our plant-loving colleagues that we decided to all give up our usual diets and try a day of eating only plant-based foods. Want to see how we got on? Check out our exante Plant-Based Food Diary below… 

A Day in the Life of Eating Plant-Based with exante 

7:30 am, Breakfast 

Anyone who’s anyone knows that there’s no better way to start your day than with a tasty and filling breakfast! Before a busy day working at exante, we always like to fill up on something nutritious that can keep us going through long meetings and more. Since we’re always in a rush for breakfast, we prepped the night before using our NEW Apple Oats Breakfast Pouch. We decided to create our super filling breakfast oats using the simple recipe from our blog. Simply add two scoops with 125ml of water, add toppings and leave to rest overnight- yummy!  

We’re OBSESSED with these handy Breakfast Pouches because they are filled with so many benefits! The yummy Apple Oats pouch is full of fibre, high in protein, low in sugar, filled with 27 vitamins & minerals and, of course, is completely plant-based.  

Check out all of the tasty breakfasts you can make using our Breakfast Pouches below

Mix up your mornings with our NEW Breakfast Pouches

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Mix up your mornings with our NEW Breakfast Pouches

2021-12-14 07:00:54By Amelia Dunn

12 pm, Lunchtime 

And just like that, lunchtime is here! Since we’re usually tying up loose ends over lunchtime, we like to eat something fairly quickly right at our desk. Thankfully, there are plenty of plant-based shakes to choose from at exante. Today, we’re going for our NEW plant-based JUICED shake in the Pineapple flavour-yum! These shakes are our new go-to regardless of whether we’re fancying eating plant-based or not. Made with real fruit juices and full of flavour, these new JUICED shakes have so many benefits, including: 

  • High protein 
  • High fibre 
  • Contains real fruit juices 
  • Low sugar  
  • Enriched with a vegan micronutrient blend of 27 vitamins & minerals  
  • Convenient 10 serve tub 
  • Gut friendly 
  • A world’s first clear plant-based protein meal replacement shake 

3:30 pm, Snacktime 

Whenever we’re having a busy day, a snack is always needed! Since things move so quickly here at exante HQ, we always need something easy to grab between meetings. Our absolute go-to for some plant-based fuel has to be our new Snack Bites. These totally plant-based protein balls are just 100kcal per pack and come in two tasty flavours; Lemon & Coconut and Carrot Cake– which is your favourite?  

6 pm, Dinner 

After a busy day, there’s nothing better than an uber-healthy homecooked meal, right? Don’t worry if you’re not an expert in the kitchen, our Plant-Based Curry recipe is so easy to make and taste delicious! Simply mix some of your favourite plant-based treats in a pan with spices, add tinned tomatoes and fat free yoghurt for a feast fit for a vegan!  

Check out our full recipe here 

Low-Salt Aubergine Tofu Curry

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Low-Salt Aubergine Tofu Curry

2021-03-09 16:52:00By Sophie Elwood

A fizzy treat?  

Now we don’t know about you, but we love to finish the day with a tasty tipple. But did you know that some of our favourite drinks aren’t actually free from animal products- crazy, right? Don’t worry though, we managed to finish the day by swapping our usual glass of Prossecco with one of exante’s NEW BURST Mocktail Cans. These sparkling mocktails really are too good to be true at only 4 calories per can, enriched with a 3-in-1 multivitamin blend and in two NEW fruity flavours; Strawberry Daiquiri and Pina Colada 

We hope you loved finding out more about the world of plant-based- we certainly did! If you’re thinking of starting up your own plant-based journey, we’d love to hear more about it. Keep in the loop with exante on our Instagram and Facebook pages or join our growing community on our Facebook Closed Group. Happy Veganuary!



Amelia Dunn

Amelia Dunn

Writer and expert


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